SPOKANE — Deb Abrahamson, whose fight for environmental justice made her a major figure in the push to clean up the legacy of uranium mining on the Spokane Indian Reservation, died at sunrise on New Year’s Day. She was 65.

The cause of Abrahamson’s death was cancer that she attributed to the very pollution she devoted so much of her life to fighting.

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